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Theatre of the Book 1480–1880: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe

Julie Stone Peters


This is an account of the entangled histories of print and the theatre in Europe between the Renaissance and the late 19th century: a history of European dramatic publication (providing comparative and historical perspective to the growing field of textual studies); an examination of the creation of the modern notion of text and performance; and a comparative genealogy of ideas about theatrical and textual reception. It shows that, far from being marginal to Renaissance dramatists, the printing press had an essential role to play in the birth of the modern theatre, crucially shaping the normat ... More

Keywords: print, europe, renaissance dramatists, dramatic publication, textual studies, text, performance, theatrical reception, textual reception, printing press

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262168
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Stone Peters, author
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, NY